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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
OCBC's Board of Directors has reviewed the five ballot measures qualified for the June 2010 election and has taken positions on them, after consideringthe recommendations of the Voting Members of the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee, OCBC's policy positions and core initiatives. OCBC advocates the following:
  • Proposition 13 - Seismic Retrofitting Amendment--SUPPORT
  • Proposition 14 - Open Primaries--SUPPORT
  • Proposition 15 - California Fair Elections Act of 2008--OPPOSE
  • Proposition 16 - Taxpayers Right to Vote Act--OPPOSE
  • Proposition 17 - Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act--NO POSITION
Click here for further breakdown on the ballot measures and OCBC's positioning. For more information on these ballot measures or on OCBC's position statements, please contact Kate Klimow.
condi meg and lucy Former CEO exec and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman stopped by Orange County last week. Her fundraising event, held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, featured OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn as emcee and moderator, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with special guest, Tony Strickland, running for State Controller.  Dr. Rice shared her perspectives returning to the private sector and as an educator in solid support for Meg Whitman's education reform agenda for California.  Ms. Whitman also addressed jobs creation and her business record helping to turn around troubled companies, giving her skills to help turn around California's near bankruptcy status. 

The event followed the endorsement coming from OCBC for the leading GOP candidate. "Meg Whitman gets it," said Dunn. "Her efforts on behalf of the business community are aligned with OCBC's own priorities, and the Council is proud to support her as she works to rebuild California."

"I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the Orange County Business Council, a pivotal advocate for large and small businesses in Southern California," said Whitman. "Working together, we can create a vibrant business climate where companies grow and thrive."

In June of last year Whitman addressed the Council during a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast; the former eBay executive touched on her three priorities to help the state move more like a well organized business rather than an over regulated bureaucracy, including: jobs creation and retention, addressing the government's spending issues and K-12 education. For more information please contact Kate Klimow.
pringle roast picLast week OCBC and BIZPAC honored Curt Pringle for his years of public service and dedicated leadership of Orange County as an Assembly member, Speaker of the Assembly and as the current Mayor of Anaheim.

The sold-out event featured roasters including former Senate Pro Temp John Burton, Assembly Speaker John Perez, OCTA CEO Will Kempton, Former Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman, Metro CEO Art Leahy, State Senate Budget Chairmwoman Denise Ducheny, Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh, Brookfield Homes President Adrian Foley and Aitken Aitken and Cohn Founding Partner Wylie Aitken.  A great time, with laughs galore, was had by all to aid in supporting solid pro-business candidates and initiatives.

Who shall we "roast" next year? Send your suggestions to Kate Klimow.

Special thanks to all those who attended and of course our gracious event sponsors:
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Thanks also to: CJ Segerstrom and Sons | Michael Brandman and Associates | West Coast University/American Career College | Word & Brown Companies | AECOM | Anaheim Hilton/Anaheim Marriott | Brookfield Homes | Care Ambulance | CH2MHill | Clean City--Bill Taoromina | HDR | IBEW 47 | KTGY | Pacific West Association of Realtors | Panattoni Development Company,  Inc. | Related Companies | Republic Services | The Almond Company/Russell Harris Farms | The Honda Center | Vons, A Safeway company
casquirrel We don't like reporting these.  We're hoping someday our legislators will focus on a California that's good for business and WON'T give us new material, but check out the latest nuts to hit OCBC's CaliforniaSquirrel.com:
  • SB 933 - Prohibits small businesses to charge small fees for debit card use, limiting them from covering imposed transaction fees--SQUIRREL!

  • ACR 147 - The California legislature recently declared April as "Financial Literacy Month" in order to raise public awareness regarding the need for financial literacy. The California Legislature giving us advice on financial literacy? That is not only a SQUIRREL, that's just plain NUTS! How about setting a good example and balancing the state budget on time and without new taxes or gimmicks?
Also, see who gets the golden acorn award this month for standing up to fight against squirrely legislation.

California's economy needs a major boost. And the first job of every California elected official is to help grow that economy for the benefit of its people and environment. If a legislator isn't working to create private sector JOBS, he may be distracted by SQUIRRELS. See what all the talk is about at www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com.

For more information, please contact Kate Klimow. Or to submit suspected Squirrels for consideration contact squirrel@californiasquirrel.com.
oc50 The Orange County Business Journal unveiled its "OC 50," a list the county's most influential businesspeople for 2010. OCBC members and partners had a strong showing, representing 35 of the 50 who made the list, with nine individuals as honorable mentions. Congratulations to all named. To secure your listing, contact Celeste Signorino, OCBC's VP Investor Relations, for membership in OCBC.  It seems to be working...

Top 50
  • Jim Mazzo, Abbott Medical Optics
  • David Pyott, Allergan Inc.
  • Tom McKernan, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Craig Cooning, Nanette Bouchard and Charles Toups, Boeing
  • Milton Gordon, California State University, Fullerton
  • Jim Doti, Chapman University
  • Henry Segerstrom, CJ Segerstrom & Sons
  • George Kalogridis, Disneyland Resort
  • Michael Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
  • Parker Kennedy, Dennis Gilmore and Anand Nallathambi, First American Corp.
  • Emile Haddad, Five Points Communities Management
  • Donald Bren, Richard Gilchrist, Gregory Lindstrom and Daniel Young, Irvine Company
  • Jonathan Jaffe, Lennar Corp.
  • James Morris, Pacific Life Insurance Co.
  • Anthony Moiso, Rancho Mission Viejo LLC
  • Michael Drake, University of California, Irvine
  • John Coyne, Western Digital
Honorable Mentions
  • Wylie Aitken, Aitken, Aitken & Cohn
  • Gregory Mech, Bank of America
  • Mayor Curt Pringle, City of Anaheim
  • Mayor Miguel Pulido, City of Santa Ana
  • Richard Afable, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
  • Scott Baugh, Scott Baugh and Associates
  • Deborah Proctor, St. Joseph Health Systems
  • Steven Marlow, Toshiba America Electronics
  • Dean Andy Policano, University of California, Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business
To see a complete list of the OC 50, click here.
State Capitol Register Today!

Help us make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining our annual advocacy trip to Sacramento!

Program Highlights:
  • Political Landscape Briefing with a political strategist.  
  • Targeted Legislative Meetings to Advocate for OC's Legislative Priorities.
  • Legislative Dinner with OC's State Legislative Delegation and legislative leadership.
  • Citizen Hotel, meals, materials and sessions covered in cost.
Just Added:
  • Breakfast with Assembly Speaker John Perez.
  • Welcome lunch featuring the Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz, author of "The State Worker" blog and column.
By joining the Business Council in the state's capital, you advocate on behalf of the business community's interests for America's fifth largest county. OCBC has organized a focused agenda to maximize your impact in Sacramento. Meetings are scheduled with key state delegation and administration officials on priority business issues including economic development, budget, infrastructure, workforce development and workforce housing.
For more information on registration or advocacy questions, please contact Kate Klimow at 949.794.7210 or for sponsorship information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

What: OCBC Advocacy Trip to Sacramento
When: Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Where: The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento

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Student OCBC applauds Governor Schwarzenegger and the Senate Education Committee for their leadership and support of proposed SB 955 sponsored by local Sen. Bob Huff. The bill, now headed to the full Senate for consideration, would end the practice of laying off teachers solely based on seniority.

"With education funding constraints in a tough economy, flexibility is necessary to keep California's educational system on track," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. "This bill allows the state to concentrate on the needs of schools and students and helps ensure quality education."

The bill also includes common-sense reforms such as allowing schools until the end of the school year to notify teachers of potential layoffs, rather than forcing them to "over-notice" in mid-March before they have adequate state education funding information; giving local governing boards final decision-making authority on teacher dismissals and eliminating the requirement that teachers placed on administrative leave be paid until formally charged.

The Council strongly urges the full senate to support SB 955 and education reform that helps drive California's workforce preparedness. As the economy cycles through a major recession, we must be more proactive then ever -- not only to anticipate recovery, but to nurture it. Orange County remains a strong presence in the national and global economy. The obstacles we face include a lack of skilled workers who can fill future vacancies; educational and training needs for high-wage and high-growth occupations; and economic development challenges. For more information please contact Kate Klimow or Alicia Berhow.
orange graph By Kristen Schott, OC Metro

Orange County's unemployment rate jumped back into the double-digits in March, according to statistics released by the state's Employment Development Department. The rate hit 10.1 percent last month, up from a revised 9.8 percent in February.

But, it's not exactly bad news, according to Anil Puri, dean of Cal State Fulleton's Mihaylo School of Business and Economics.

"Even though overall economic conditions have begun to improve, the employment data gives a mixed picture," he says. "Jobs are being created and net payroll jobs are growing. ... But because people feel that the job market is improving, more have jumped back in the labor force market and are looking for jobs."

Dr. Wallace Walrod, the Orange County Business Council's vice president of economic development and research, says the numbers are promising because job growth is occurring in the private sector.

"All in all," he says, "the fact that the private sector is starting to hire in significant numbers is extremely promising and an indicator that the Orange County economy is recovering nicely." [READ FULL STORY HERE]
kalogridis Join OCBC for the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring the new president of The Disneyland Resort, Geroge A. Kalogridis. Listen as OCBC CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman Tom Phelps conducts an indepth interview with one of Orange County's leading executives.

On October 12, 2009, George Anthony Kalogridis was named president of The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.  A 39-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company's theme park business, George has returned to the Disneyland Resort. As president, George oversees a workforce of 20,000 Cast Members at the 506-acre resort, which comprises the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Pier Hotel clb sponsorsand Downtown Disney.

What: Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Featuring George A. Kalogridis
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Where: The Center Club, Costa Mesa

Online Registration | For more info, please contact Leslie Dods.
May 2010

ADV Full LogoAdvocacy and Government Affairs Committee
Friday, April 30, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment Committee
Friday, May 7, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday,May 11 , 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Community Colleges Working Group
Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2010 check out OCBC's Committees.

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South Orange County Chamber of Commerce: "Meet the Candidates" Reception - Thursday, May 6, 2010

Join City of Mission Viejo and AT&T, for the must-attend event of the primary season! Candidates for office from the County level on up to the Governors race have been invited to mingle with South OC Chamber members in a fun, festive and relaxed setting. We are excited by the number of candidates who have already committed to attend!
The event will take place at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in Mission Viejoe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost for the event is only $25. Sponsorships start at only $100!  So if you would like your company to be recognized at the event as a table sponsor, have questions about or want to RSVP for the event, please call Karen Hume at the Chamber at (949) 635-1634 or e-mail khume@socchambers.com. Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible!

Anaheim International Film Festival Exclusive Sneak Preview Event - Thursday, May 6, 2010
You've heard the buzz, now come see what it is all about. AIFF invites you to an exclusive behind the scenes look at the makings of a film festival.

Meet and greet the creative minds behind the Anaheim International Film Festival, attend a short film screening, meet film makers, cast and crew. Learn how AIFF supports the film industry, Anaheim and Orange County and how you can get more involved. The event will take place at the Anaheim Garden Walk starting at 5 p.m. RSVP to 714.991.9110 or festival@anaheim.org.

Orange County Sheriff Candidate Debate - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Orange County Forum, together with Gen-Next O.C., are delighted to offer the opportunity for you to meet and hear the candidates for the office of Orange County Sheriff 2010.  With the Orange County Register's Brian Calle as the Debate Moderator, the candidates will share their views on the most critical issues facing Orange County's law enforcement and community protection organization. Click here to register and full event information.

OCBC Healthcare Task Force Meeting - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SAVE THE DATE for the next Health Care Task Force Meeting.  On Tuesday, May 11, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals will be hosting a special presentation for OCBC members and investors on smoking cessation and how wellness can positively affect your business and its health care costs.  If you would like more information, please contact Alicia Berhow at aberhow@ocbc.org.  The meeting and presentation will be from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.  Lunch will be provided, but seating will be limited.  To RSVP, please contact Leslie Dods at ldods@ocbc.org.

Orange County Tourism Council's 2nd Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The mission of this conference is to showcase the Orange County Tourism Council's role, through branding, in the development/sustainability of tourism to Orange County and to serve as an information resource to hospitality businesses. The conference will provide speakers who will share ideas for marketing in the current climate and The OC branding efforts of the Council. Emerging travel trends from a national perspective will also be presented. Click here for more info, or to register.

3rd Annual Orange County Water Summit - Friday, May 14, 2010
The 2010 O.C. Water Summit - themed Capture the Flow - will bring together hundreds of professionals representing business, manufacturing and agriculture, the water and environmental communities, elected officials, and community leaders.  Guests will learn about the threats and opportunities before us and hear from expert panelists as we begin to cultivate ideas and solutions. What are the global economic and societal trends related to water reliability? What role does innovation and technology play in managing water? How are other nations addressing similar water challenges?  Find out at the OC Water Summit! Click here to register and for further event details!

South Orange County Largest Career Fair - Friday, May 14, 2010
OCBC is a proud partner of "South Orange County's Largest Career Fair" - Friday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA.
The fair is open to businesses looking to fill hourly or salaried positions (sorry, no commission-only, 1099, or MLM positions) in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Tustin. Interested employers should not delay; the first 35 employers to confirm will have their registration fee waived!
For candidates, South Orange County's Largest Career Fair is free to attend and includes onsite career industry experts who will personally evaluate candidates' resumes, as well as several workshops on how to write a more powerful resume, how to master the interview process, and how to put your best foot forward.
For complete information and to register, please visit www.oclargestcareerfair.com.

Orange County Housing Summit IV - Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Orange County Housing Trust (OCHT) and the Orange County Business Council will co-host the fourth annual Orange County Housing Summit May 20, 2010 at the University of California, Irvine Student Center from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The OC Housing Summit is the largest event of its kind in Orange County.  Click here to register for the Summit or contact Dan Carlsson, 949.559.9382 or dcarlsson@cox.net.

SAVE THE DATE! Public Infrastructure Financing Forum - Tuesday, May 25, 2010
On Tuesday, May 25th, from 10am-4pm, California's Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC) will partner with leading transportation, finance, and industry experts in hosting thePublic Infrastructure Financing  Forum.
Please join this important discussion about financing strategies for critical transportation and social infrastructure.The day's discussion will include: an update on the pending Presidio Parkway (formerly Doyle Drive) P3 project and other projects in the emerging California pipeline of projects, with an emphasis on alternative financing strategies and delivery options for managed lanes, transit, and freight infrastructure. Click here for event website.
SAVE THE DATE! Walk United - Sunday, June 13, 2010
Team up with Orange County United Way and Angels Baseball Foundation and WALK UNITED to provide for the over 290,000 people living below the poverty level in our community. Register to Walk and Get More Information at www.walkunited.com.

SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010
After hosting the largest Southern California Transportation Summit in history last September, Mobility 21 will hold the 2010 Summit at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on Friday, Oct. 29. The 2010 Summit will feature more breakout sessions, an expanded expo with more exhibit space, the first-ever Mobility 21 Challenge, 2010 Mobility 21 Award winners, cutting edge transportation information and exciting speakers from around the nation. For more information , please contact Marnie O'Brien Primmer, 949.288.6884 or mprimmer@mobility21.com.
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